There has been a lot of speculation about what the Miami Dolphins quarterback situation will look like soon.
Right now, Tua Tagovailoa is the starting quarterback. But the team hasn’t shown a lot of faith in Tua’s ability to be the quarterback they’ve hoped he’d be by now, while also not giving him the tools needed to succeed. Meanwhile, the franchise has been the frontrunner to trade for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. Watson’s legal troubles make it hard to know if he’ll even be able to play if the Dolphins trade for him, which means they could end up with neither quarterback in a way.
With a lot of confusion, it’s hard to know where the Dolphins stand and if they want to throw their support behind Tagovailoa. However, head coach Brian Flores tried to make it clear on Friday that Tua is his guy and he’s happy with that.
On Deshaun Watson, Brian Flores says: “Tua is our quarterback. I’m happy with our quarterback.”
— Marcel Louis-Jacques (@Marcel_LJ) October 22, 2021
“I don’t really get into rumors. Tua is our quarterback,” Flores said. “I’m happy with our quarterback situation, and I will leave it at that.”
It’s not much to go on, and guys have certainly been traded or benched following similar statements. But at least it’s something at a time when it must feel like Tua doesn’t have much support internally. That’s especially true when the Dolphins are struggling once more and even lost to the lowly Jacksonville Jaguar last weekend.
Flores did add that Tua seems to be tuning out the distractions and focusing on proving himself as worthy as he hopes he is to the franchise.
“I think his preparation, the way he practices and the way he performs has been good. I thought he played very well last week,” Flores said. “He was out for a couple games, a few games, and he came back and played very well last week. So, I think his psyche is in a good place. He’s a confident kid, he’s a tough kid. Really, he’s played in two games this year, so he should have a lot of confidence in the way he’s played. We have a lot of confidence in him because of the way he’s played. Our focus is on Atlanta and for him to play well again.”
We’ll see how things play out for Tua and the Dolphins in the coming weeks.